Yorkshire Premier League is the main attraction on the squash scene at Chapel Allerton this season, with top class squash on our show courts every week. Everyone is invited so bring your friends, and we welcome visitors from other local clubs. All the players tend to join us in the bar afterwards and it is always a well attended night with a great atmosphere. Chapel A 1 finished the 2016/17 league as Champions, but they just struggled to maintain their hold for the 2017/18 season, finishing second in the league. This year sees two teams in Premier Division once more so we can host top level squash every Wednesday.
Owain has enjoyed a reasonably successful year of squash, (despite having two months off mid season with injury). Whilst balancing university and professional squash he has reached his highest psa ranking to date of 250 and reached his first psa QF, domestically he’s played some of his best squash though, going almost unbeaten all season in yorskshire league, beating players ranked twice as high as him, and also snuck two games off the world number 24 at the time Chris Simpson. He’s also captained the university team to a silver medal in the national cup and league where he was unbeaten and finished an impressive fourth in the BUCS (British universities) individuals tournament where he beat players ranked top 120.
Simon Parke will again be player/manager this year, bringing up the average age somewhat and playing his own style, giving 100% against his younger opponents. Simon is a former World No3 and British Champion.
I’ve been playing since the age of 9. 5 time Yorkshire junior champion, 2 time North East of England junior champion and British junior open quarter finalist. Currently #17 in England U19s
Niall Mckinnon is one of our loyal club players, reaching the final of the club champs a few years in a row now. He lives in Chapel Allerton and regularly trains at the club. Bringing his Scottish flare to the court, he’s one to watch!
Cameron Ward, age 19, is currently in his second year of study at Leeds College of Music. A very active young player, he could be found inside the top 8 of the national rankings in each age group before a series of injuries halted his progress at 18. He is now back at peak physical fitness and feeling the strongest he ever has.
Chapel A 1 v Hull
When: Wednesday 11th December 2019 7.30pm
Where: Chapel Allerton LTSC
Last Match Report
Parkey's Match Reports
PARKEY’S MATCH REPORT.
CHAPEL A 1 lost to ABBEYDALE 1 0-5
5. ALEC FOSTER lost to PHIL SCULLY 9/11, 7/11, 3/11.
Alec played a pretty good first game and was able to stick in with some long rallies against the experienced Scully. Unfortunately though after a good lead Alec wasn’t able to secure the first, just marginally losing it. After that it was Scully who got a foothold in the match, reading Alec’s crosscourt and manufacturing some good volley drop winners, and taking the 2nd. The third was difficult for Alec as he was visibly tiring and Scully pulled away comfortably in 3.
4. JAMES WILKINSON lost to COLINE AUMARD 11/8, 11/6, 6/11, 4/11, 7/11.
James had had a niggle from the previous week, but had got through training the night before so was fit to play. He had a tough task though against French women’s international Coline Aumard. James started brightly, taking the ball nice and early with a few direction switches, making it difficult for Aumard to get in solid positions. This enabled James to get to a 2-0 lead but Aumard played a very clever astute 3rd to get back into the match. After this it started to get physical and you could see the signs of James’ niggle appearing. He battled on though with hampered movement but unfortunately went down in 5.
3. PAUL ALLEN lost to OLLIE TURNER 9/11, 11/8, 10/12, 7/11.
Paul is definitely improving week by week, unsurprisingly, and I thought he did pretty well here against the solid Turner. Paul himself was not happy though which is a good sign that he is keen to go to the next level. The first two were shared and the ball was extremely lively as both players were hitting at one pace. Probably the better touch at times was shown by Paul but it was Turner who just clinched the third in a tiebreak. That proved to be important as the Sheffield player came through in 4.
2. OWAIN TAYLOR lost to ADAM TURNER 11/5, 4/11, 11/9, 7/11, 7/11.
Owain is another example of our injury woes at present, but seemed to be ok for this match. He started well, playing the more accurate intelligent squash, and taking the first, but Turner is decent and managed to equalise with some impressive retrievals. The third Owain just squeezed but the signs of his back issue were starting to become evident. Turner latched on to this, and just made everything really tough, twisting and turning Owain and coming out the victor in 5.
- RICHIE FALLOWS lost to ADAM AUCKLAND 9/11, 8/11, 10/12.
Richie has been struggling a bit recently and probably put a bit too much work in earlier in the day to compensate. Squash is a really brutal sport though and you just can’t underestimate anyone. Somebody like Auckland really knows how to play, and is looking to go back pro, is certainly one player you can’t underestimate. He is quick and accurate and was reading Richie pretty well. Richie tried to finish the rallies perhaps a little too early but Auckland was prepare to rally and be patient, and that was ultimately the difference.
Last home match before Christmas is 11th December v Hull.
Please bring your support, we need some loud cheering!!
1ST TEAM CAPTAIN.